Monthly Archive: October 2007

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Microsoft SOA and Business Process Website

We've officially launched a new website dedicated to providing invaluable information around building Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Business Process Management (BPM) solutions using the Microsoft platform.  As a part of this site, we've released our latest roadmap and product strategy around the next generation of Microsoft SOA-based technologies, codenamed "Oslo", to included updated messaging and workflow technologies in BizTalk Server and other products starting in 2009. The "Olso" vision will leverage the next version of BizTalk Server as...

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Windows Server 2008 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

It was announced today on the Windows Server Team Blog that Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 will return to being available via a separate download for Windows Server 2008 customers.  In early betas, WSS 3.0 was included as a component in the Windows Server 2008 configuration.  This decision was made to allow more flexibility in the WSS development process, while still allowing customers to conveniently obtain the technology. WSS will still remain a free component for...

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Helpful tip on Virtual Machine Configuration using Virtual PC

I'd been racking my brain trying to remember the configuration steps for configuring a Virtual PC -based VM that's running as a Domain Controller (with DNS enabled) to access the internet.  I've done this many times in the past and just couldn't remember the steps.  This is a tricky thing because with a DC, DNS is also installed, therefore if you run your VM on say…your corporate network, and you have DNS enabled, then the DNS...

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SharePoint Object Model “Hidden Gems”

I was recently presented a scenario by a gentleman who wanted more control over a MOSS 2007 site, list, and item settings.  He wanted to essentially “track” changes that were made to these artifacts within a given site collection.  In addition, he wanted to know the type of change that occured. SPListEventReceiver or SPWebEventReceiver you might suggest?  Not quite the solution here.  One of the “hidden gems” within the SharePoint object model is the SPChange class. ...

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OBA Reference Applications – What would you like to see?

One of the biggest challenges I feel that we (Microsoft) face in showcasing the "value" of architecting/developing Office Business Applications is providing what I'll call "solid reference implementations" along the lines of Duwamish Books, Fitch and Mather, Global Bank, LitwareHR, other many other solutions we've released.  Sure, we have the OBA Reference Architecture Packs (OBA RAPs), but, by definition, they are meant to serve as simple examples of how to leverage the OBA pattern to...

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